Improved part quality while reducing waste.
ExOne has produced 3D printed metal filter components for strainers and metallic filter applications. Strainers are often exposed to abrasive solutions which can shorten part life, and traditionally are welded multi-piece assemblies. By 3D printing strainer plates, manufacturers are able to take advantage of the increased wear characteristics of ExOne® materials, and the ability to create parts in a single piece, eliminating waste and improving part quality and efficiency.
Manufacturers of metallic filters are exploring the possibilities with 3D printing for filtration of gas, liquids and solids; fluid flow metering and pressure control; sound dampening and particle separation. Sintered metallic filters offer shape stability and stable pore shape. By 3D printing these filters, manufacturers can realize no additional cost for complexity, a new dimension of design freedom and flexibility in powder size (porosity). This benefits industries from mining and oil and gas production to water treatment, venting and petrochemical.